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The metaphysics of Eärwa - some thoughts posted 11 November 2008 in The Thousandfold ThoughtThe metaphysics of Eärwa - some thoughts by Thorsten, Candidate

anor277:

apart from the analogies to quantum mechanics; one can make better analogies than drawing them from abstruse forms of wave and matrix equations that are only approachable with a more symbolic language than English


*g* Well, if there is a better analogy, I have never come across it (which doesn't mean that it doesn't exist of course). I am curious - what would you draw the analogy from? Incidentially, I would be very curious if Scott had Quantum Physics as analogy in mind or not - if you look at some text passages, I think it was the concept of 'world between', i.e. the world when it is not observed, that could literally be from a physics textbook. And if not - what did he have in mind? <!-- s:?: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_question.gif" alt=":?:" title="Question" /><!-- s:?: -->

Curethan:

Thorsten, can you tell me the greek root for daimos?


That would be another word difficult to translate

δαίμων - god, goddess, the power controlling the destiny of individual, lot, fortune, soul of men of the golden age, departed souls, spiritual or semi-divine being, evil spirit, demon, the Good Genius

Anyway, it denotes some kind of spiritual being. You can have a go using the [url=http&#58;//www&#46;perseus&#46;tufts&#46;edu/cgi-bin/resolveform:3kjqpra8]Perseus search engine[/url:3kjqpra8] - it seems to include all of classical Greek.

The demons are credited with some PoV narrative indicating they are sentient, perhaps ensoulled, i dont know. Thats a much larger result than long distance communication, compulsion, illusion or even destruction in relation to Thorsten's systematic analysis of the four major subsets.


Yes and no. The sorcerer isn't responsible for the sentience. All he does is use what is already there, so summoning and using a demon is conceptually rather a cant of transposition (which in this case is easier than the one used by Kellhus because one end refers to the Outside which is more changeable) and a cant of compulsion. You wouldn't credit sorcery for the fact that Esmenet has a soul while under compulsion either. view post


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